Newbury Photography Club runs several internal competitions during the year and we also participate in external league and inter-club competitions.
We have external judges for our competitions and it is always interesting to hear the comments of the various judges. By seeing other people's work and entering competitions, members often find that their general standard of photography steadily improves.
Internal Print League
Internal League Competition with 5 rounds runs across the year.
Two groups - Group 1 for most experienced. Group 2 for beginners & intermediates.
Group 1 & Group 2 Print competition accepts prints of a general subject nature and members may enter up to 3 prints per round. The winner will be the member who gains the highest accumulated score from their ten highest scoring prints (giving a maximum of 100 points).
Whilst Group 1 is open to all, it includes the most experienced photographers and the standard is set to present the best images from the club. Consequently, judges are briefed to judge the images critically and it is expected that this level of criticism may not suit all. Therefore, it is recommended that new and relatively inexperienced club members enter the Group 2 competition.
Members who find they are uncomfortable in Group 1, because of a change in personal circumstances, for example, may request a return to Group 2.
Group 2 is intended for members to gain experience of club competitions, whether they are beginners or more experienced. Judges are briefed to provide constructive criticism and encouragement. Consequently, the format of group 2 is more friendly and open to experiment than Group 1.
It is recommended that all new members to the club who have not experienced club competitions enter Group 2 for at least their first couple of seasons. The winner of group 2 may move into group 1 the following season and other high scoring members may be invited to move up depending upon numbers in the 2 groups.
Best Panel of three Black & White Prints
This is for the best set of three related black and white printed images shown as a panel.
If mounted individually they are to be marked on the REVERSE side with the position in which they are to be viewed (i.e. left, middle, right) and the preferred maximum size for each mount is 500mm x 400mm. Alternatively all 3 prints may be placed onto a single mount board, which may then be up to a maximum of 600mm x 500mm including the mount. Entries will be restricted to 1 per person.
Best Black & White Print Competition
A black and white print of any subject. Entries will be restricted to one per person unless otherwise stated.
Internal PDI League
Internal League Competition with 5 rounds runs across the year,
members can enter up to 2 PDI’s in each round- all scores count.
Two groups - Group 1 for most experienced. Group 2- beginners & intermediates using the same guidance as the Print League
The Group 1 and Group 2 PDI competitions have a specified theme for each of the five Rounds (one of which is Open). The winner will be the member who gains the highest accumulated score from all their ten images. The themes for the forthcoming season will be announced in the Club’s Programme each year. The Judge for the evening will be given the responsibility for determining the Author's interpretation of the stated theme.
Best Colour Print - Travel Competition
Images that express a feeling of a time and place, portraying a land, its people, or a culture, in its natural state. Entries will be restricted to one per person unless otherwise stated.
Most Improved Photographer of the Year
Most Improved photographer over the last year in the opinion of the Committee.
Best Colour Print - Flora
The best colour print of a CLOSE-UP detailed study showing the colour, form and texture of a single or group of flowers, leaves, or plants (including fungi) with minimal editing but allowing for adjustments to levels, curves and cropping. Entries will be restricted to 1 per person.
Best Colour PDI - Macro Competition
Macrophotography is extreme close-up work often of very small subjects in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor and then on the photograph is equal to or greater than life size. There are a number of techniques to achieve this and the image does not necessarily have to be taken with a dedicated macro lens. Entries will be restricted to 1 per person.
The club is a member of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) and during the course of the year, we take part in competitions with other clubs in the Federation. Also, the SCPF organise an annual exhibition, which is held in Salisbury during January and our Club enters this event.
A competition between up to nine clubs from the Southern Counties Photographic Federation
This issue supersedes all previous issues of the Rules. As a result of Covid 19 restrictions, the Club will be operating via Zoom until Government guidance and The Royal British Legion operations permit a safe return to the Club for all members. Hence, all references to “Prints” will refer to PDIs until the Club returns to normality. Image files will be transferred to the Competition Secretary either via email or a file transfer and storage system.
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Internal club competitions are open to all paid-up members of the club, including honorary life members should they wish to participate. During a season, members may enter as many competitions as they wish, with the constraint that a member cannot enter both the Group 1 and Group 2 leagues in a single season. A member's initial entry into either Group 1 or 2 will determine their Group entry for that season. Unless otherwise stated in the rules for a specific competition, images may be in colour or black and white. Certificates will be awarded to the winner of each competition and to the runner-up for each league competition.
Authorship: The content of a print or digital image should be entirely the work and copyright of the author. Where parties other than the photographer have made a significant creative or technical contribution to the image, we encourage the photographer to consider whether their own contribution is sufficient enough to claim the image as their own work. These decisions are taken on trust by the club and are not ‘policed’.
Entries can be recorded either by means of a camera or by the action of light on a photosensitive medium. They may be processed by either photographic or digital means and can be home or trade printed.
Judges: The committee shall appoint an external judge to assess and mark competitions and the judge's decision will be final.
Prints: Images can be presented in any size, unless otherwise stated in the rules for a specific competition. It is preferable that prints are mounted to allow them to be handled more easily. However, it should be noted that external competitions have now standardized on a 400mm x 500mm mounted size. This is also the size that will fit the Club's pre-formed frames for exhibition purposes. Glazed frames are not acceptable for safety reasons.
Identification labels should be used by all entrants - these should be completed and attached to the bottom right hand corner of the reverse of the print – no titles or identification on the front of the print are permitted.
Prints are to be handed to the Internal Competition Secretary at least 1 WEEK prior to the evening of the competition along with the title and an exact .jpg copy of the print.
The PDI copy must be presented in JPEG format, using the sRGB colour space. Images shall be sized to a maximum of 1600x1200 pixels, this being the resolution of the Club's projector. N.B. For portrait-oriented images the longest side is restricted to 1200 pixels. Where the chosen image ratio is not 4:3 and hence not exactly matching the above, a border (black is best) should be added by the author to create an overall image of these specified dimensions. The file size must not exceed 2Mb. The image file must consist of: Title_ Author’s name
Projected Digital Images (PDIs): Images must be provided to the Internal Competition Secretary at least 1 WEEK prior to the evening of the competition. Images must be presented in JPEG format, using the sRGB colour space. Images shall be sized to a maximum of 1600x1200 pixels, this being the resolution of the Club's projector. N.B. For portrait-oriented images the longest side is restricted to 1200 pixels. Where the chosen image ratio is not 4:3 and hence not exactly matching the above, a border (black is best) should be added by the author to create an overall image of these specified dimensions. The file size must not exceed 2 Mb.
The image file must consist of: Title _ Author’s name